Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blowing Rock

4.6
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The former estate of a wealthy entrepreneur and philanthropist, Moses H. Cone Memorial Park combines lavish living with natural beauty. At the heart of the 1,416 hectare (3,500 acre) estate sits Flat Top Manor, a massive Colonial Revival-style mansion built in 1901. The manor now houses the Parkway Craft Center, which displays handmade crafts by local artists. Due to Moses Cone's interest in conservation, the estate contains large forests of white pine and hemlock hedges, as well as man-made lakes filled with bass and trout. You can explore the grounds on carriage trails which guide you through the estate; they also wind past the family cemetery and near the carriage and apple barn. Put Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and other Blowing Rock attractions into our Blowing Rock trip builder website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • October 3, 2017
    We walked the trails to the apple barn and around Bass Lake. They were well maintained, scenic and offered different options for the skilled hiker or the casual walker.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We loved the hiking trails. There's a lake with geese and swan, and people were fishing. We checked out the manor at the top of the hill and there was a local artist. Our kids really enjoyed it.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Wonderful manor house filled with long history that is truly incredible. It is a great, must place to visit for families or single person. You’ll enjoy walking or riding bikes on the paths surrounding...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    This historic manor is a must visit. Flat Top Manor is right on the Parkway at mile marker 294. Visiting the gift shop inside the manor will give you a peek at the home. No tours are offered. The manor is placed at the top of a most scenic bowl looking down toward Blowing Rock. All that you see looking out used to be an apple orchard. There are carriage roads to hike in multiple directions. Yes you may meet local horse back riders out on the trails as well. There are 2 additional trail heads to visit, Bass Lake and Trout Lake. Following the carriage roads down the ridge will give you a chance to experience the interior of the Appalachians.
  • July 5, 2017
    Has many acres of trails to choose from easy to challenging walk path. The Moses Manor is quaint and lots of history about it. It also serves as a gift shop which displays unusual local artists creations. The downside why I gave a 4 stars it's because everything in the gift shop is priced high.
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful and simple trails and great views. Easy access for a stroll. The manor home (when open seasonally) features local crafts and a National Park Service outpost.
  • May 1, 2017
    Unsuspected beauty (both structure and grounds) that we didn't plan enough time to explore. We walked the 5 mile round trip to the observation tower through woods and large open fields (that yielded long range views) on an amazingly well manicured trail. The grandeur, detail and scale of the estate's home marveled us.
  • June 20, 2017
    Interesting place! Lots of paths to walk on. Beautiful view! And best of all it's FREE!

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